SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Four
Round Four sees the Eagles soar, the Panthers pounce, and the Redlegs register a remarkable win.
Proving that the 2021 season has been the closest SANFLW season to date, the Round Four results really shook up the race to finals.
Woodville-West Torrens kicked things off with a very accurate 4.1 (25) to defeat Central District 2.4 (16), on Friday night. The Eagles were well-supplied through Jess Sedunary and young-gun Eagle, Shineah Goody. The Bulldogs on the other hand, were well supplied through the reliable duo of Shelby Smith and Katelyn Rosenzweig.
Friday night also set the stage for the West Adelaide and Glenelg clash--and it was the Bloods who burst out of the box with two unanswered goals during the opening term. However, the Bloods would go onto score a total of just three goals for the match, all of which were kicked by Lauren Young. The Tigers on the other hand, stormed home, kicked three second-half goals, and snatched the 4.4 (28) to 3.4 (22) win.
Norwood then put on a kicking clinic on Saturday, booting five straight goals to defeat North Adelaide, 5.0 (30) to 1.2 (8). Leah Cutting played a pivotal role in ending the Roosters' fifteen game winning streak, while the tackling-machine also Jaimi Tabb, continued her standout start to 2021.
The final match of Round Four saw South Adelaide and Sturt go head to head under warm conditions. The Panthers managed to lead at every break, and held off a spirited final term fight back from the Double Blues to win, 3.7 (25) to 2.2 (14).
Scroll down to see this week's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Leah Cutting Vice-Captain: Hannah Munyard
Norwood, West Adelaide and South Adelaide all lead the way with four players represented in our Round Four SANFLW Team of the Week. Following closely behind them is Sturt, Central District, and Glenelg--all of whom have three named players.
The captaincy goes to one of the competition's best and most consistent rucks, Leah Cutting following her standout display during Norwood's landmark win. The vice-captain is a Crow who made a instant impact for South Adelaide after returning from AFLW duties, Hannah Munyard.
A Redleg duo makes up a third of this week's forward line, with Ella Murison joining Lana Schwerdt. Ella finished with thirteen touches and two goals, while Lana collected fourteen touches and applied some great pressure with six tackles.
Named on the half-forward line is a promising West Adelaide product in the form of Zoe Venning. Continuing her standout start to the 2021 season, Zoe's statistics for Round Four include fifteen touches, six tackles, and thee clearances.
At full forward is South Adelaide's Jess Kirk who helped trap the ball inside South's forward 50 in the final term. This aside, she also collected five marks, four tackles and a goal.
The powerful Bulldogs' forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig joins the side after collecting fourteen touches, two tackles and a goal. Joining her is Sturt's Georgia Swan who had her best game of the year, finishing with twenty touches, five marks and four tackles.
This week the rucking duties and captaincy belong to Norwood's Leah Cutting. Enjoying a big day out on Saturday morning, Leah finished with a team-high total of seventeen touches, as well as nine tackles and six marks.
Joining the captain on-ball is also our vice-captain for Round Four, Hannah Munyard. The fast-paced Panther made a good case to get recalled to the Crows after collecting twenty touches, five tackles, four clearances and a goal.
Continuing her standout start to the 2021 season was Central's Shelby Smith. Flexing her muscle during Round Four, she finished with a game-high total of disposals (21) as well as a team-high total of both tackles (6) and marks (6).
Named in the middle is West Adelaide young-gun, Lauren Young. Showing her goal kicking skills, she finished with three goals--which were the only goals scored for West. She also collected a game-high total of seventeen touches.
The wings are home to a duo of Eagles, with Adelaide Crow Jess Sedunary joining rising star, Shineah Goody. Jess finished the match with fourteen touches and two goals while Shineah continued her promising debut season by collecting thirteen possessions and five tackles.
As one of the only players to make all the sides, Sharnie Whiting once again returns to our Team of the Week after collecting nine possessions and four rebound 50s. She is joined by fellow Blood, Keeley Kustermann who finished with eight touches and seven tackles.
Glenelg's Jessica Bates joins our side after enjoying yet another strong display. This time the versatile Tiger gathered thirteen disposals, nine tackles and five marks, by the time the final siren sounded.
Joining Jessica deep in defense is South Adelaide vice-captain, Brianna Wedding. Brianna proved that she can be a great last line of defense as she finished with nine touches, five marks and five round 50s.
Also named in defense is North Adelaide's Kristi Harvey and Norwood's Sophie Armitstead. Kristi collected a game-high total of eighteen touches as well as five rebound 50s, while Sophie finished with fifteen possessions and four tackles.
Finding herself amognst the rotations for this week is Norwood's Morgan Johnston, who backed up last week's impressive performance by collecting fifteen touches.
Glenelg's Ellie Kellock makes the side after having a strong contribution for the Tigers--a contribution that included twelve touches, four clearances, and two goals.
Joining the side this week is the fast-paced and hard-running Panther, Czenya Cavouras. Playing an important part in their win, she finished with seventeen touches, seven tackles and six clearances.
Rounding out the rotations is Sturt's Zoe Prowse, who had an impact both in the air and on the ground. In total, Zoe collected fourteen touches and four clearances for the Double Blues.
Named as an emergency this week is Glenelg young-gun, Brooke Tonon. Brooke was a strong contributor for the Tigers, finishing with a team-high of fourteen touches, as well as three tackles and three marks.
Joining her is the tackling-machine Jaimi Tabb, who once again did this title justice by collecting ten tackles, as well as eighteen touches and five clearances.
The final spot in our Round Four MWM SANFLW Team of the Week belongs to Sturt's Jaimee Wittervan, who enjoyed a strong day out for the Double Blues by collecting thirteen disposals, three tackles and three marks.
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